Hi there! Our names are Sam Green
and Ebony Rea, and we are the School Chaplains here at Ferny Grove State High
School. Below is a snapshot of what our Chaplaincy Service looks like here at
Ferny, from the type of support offered, to some of the programs we run, to our
involvement in general school life, as well as some details about our
Chaplaincy Committee and how you and your student can make contact.
It’s great to be part of such a strong support team here at Ferny. Our
Student Support Service Team (SSS Team) is made up of our Deputy Principal, HOD
Student Engagement, School Nurse, Defence Transition Mentor / Youth Support
Coordinator, Guidance Officers and us the Chaplains. We work closely with all
staff members, but work closely with the SEP Department, Year Level
Coordinators, Head of Junior and Senior Schooling and Administration staff in
order to provide the best support we can.
We see the Chaplaincy role as one that will focuses on supporting,
empowering and encouraging all members of the community in order to make their
experience here at Ferny the best it can be. Our aim as a Chaplain is to be
safe people within the school that look to serve the individual needs of
everyone we come in contact with. We have supported students struggling in
various situations including family concerns, confusing relationships, friendship
issues, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, bullying, depression, spiritual and
worldview questions, school struggles, etc. This is usually done through
We are very excited that our Chappy Breakfasts will be up and running
again this year!! Chappy Breakfast provides pancakes, fruit, cereal, toast and
juice to students and staff every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month [unless
otherwise advertised]. Best of all, it’s FREE! We start serving from 7:30am through
until around 8:45am near the canteen.
We run a variety of programs that take place throughout the year, each
with their own unique focus and structure. Programs include potential enhancement
courses, life skills and social skills development and some groups that look at
some of the bigger [sometimes more in-depth] questions in life. The programs
work through values such as trust, respect, resilience, commitment,
responsibility, and self-esteem, helping students explore and integrate these,
and many others into their lives and daily choices. We try to use action-based
learning as much as we can, which is designed to help students not only learn
but actually experience these values.
We love to be involved in the everyday life here at Ferny Grove, including various performances, shows and events, year level camps, specialty camps, class excursions, classroom sport, sports carnivals, plus being involved in pastoral care and access lessons, and just generally walking around during lunchtime. Our hope is that through all of this, we are available to talk to and provide support for students when needed as well as enhancing the sense of community within our school.
Local Chaplaincy Committee
As part of the Chaplaincy Service here at Ferny Grove SHS, we hold
regular Local Chaplaincy Committee (LCC) meetings across each term. The aim of
the LCC is to engage the community in the Chaplaincy Service and to be actively
involved in fundraising, direction and assistance for the Chaplains, the
Chaplaincy programs, and the service as a whole. The great thing about
Chaplaincy is that it is a community initiative, so we encourage community
engagement as much as possible. If you would like to be involved in the LCC
committee, or would like more information, please let us know.
Our office is located up in our Support Services Block (M Block). Students can come and visit before school,
during break times and after school to make an appointment, to have a chat, or
to just hang out. As you can imagine our job requires us to be out of the
office quite a bit, so if we are not in our office, students can write a note,
slip it under the door and we will get back to them as soon as we can.
Participation in all chaplaincy activities, programs and conversations are
completely voluntary and permission will be asked for when required. Please,
feel free to get in contact with either of us by calling our main
Administration Office (3550 5777) and asking for the Chaplains, or by our
details below. You may also wish to contact Deputy Principal and Support
Services Line Manager, Scott Shorten if you have any further questions/concerns
by phoning the main Administration Office on (3550 5777).
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
3550 5777 / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
3550 5777 / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org